Gender-based research design at the human-machine interface

Generally, research on the interface to people is gender-relevant. Research in the HCI-area is therefore the central topic of gender-relevant technological research.

Biological differences between the genders only play a marginal role for the human-machine interface as opposed to projects in the biomedical area. Thus, gender specific differences have to be observed critically. Instead of setting the focus on differences, it should be set on diverse factors which consider different realities of life and socialization processes. Dorothea Erharter shows, based on GEMPLAY and other research projects in the area of gender & technology, how a gender-inclusive research design at the human-technology interface can be conceptualized. She attempts to filter out the methods which are HCI relevant and tested in her own projects from the broad range of suggestions for gender-inclusive research design. Furthermore, she edits the selected methods and processes them so they are understandable.

Erharter, Dorothea (2015): Gendergerechtes Forschungsdesign an der Schnittstelle Mensch – Technik. In: Pielot, Martin, Diefenbach, Sarah & Henze, Niels (Hrsg). Mensch & Computer – Tagungsbände / Proceedings 2015. De Gryer. Berlin. ISBN 978-3-11-044334-9. E-Book (Open Access):